Pro Tips: How to Make the Most of Your Bank Shots

By William G. Tapply


Stalking the banks can often produce surprisingly large trout.
Photo by Phil Monahan

Bill Rohrbacher and I picked our lunch site for the shade of the lonely cottonwood, the gurgle of the river, and the upstream view. The brown-and-yellow Montana plains rolled off to distant . . .

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Video: Understanding Different Kinds of Bucktail Hair

Many patterns call for bucktail hair, but you need to know your way around the bucktail itself to choose the kind of hair right for each application. Tim explains the differences among hair from the top third, middle, and bottom third of the tail, and he . . .

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The Yallerhammer, an Appalachian Classic

The old man called the fly the “skull crusher” because the brook trout would come after it so hard and fast that they’d bash their heads on boulders. He tied them with one arm, in the cool of the little store in the . . .

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Stream to Salt VII: Avoiding Unproductive Options

One of the greatest challenges trout anglers face when switching to salt water is the task of narrowing down the seemingly endless possibilities into a coherent approach. There is just so much water to cover, and so many . . .

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Video: How to Use a Perfection Loop to Tie On a Fly

We’ve posted about the perfect loop several times, including the excellent video from Tightline Productions about how to tie a perfection loop at the butt end of your leader. But did you know that you can also use the same knot to tie on a fly? Many . . .

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Friday Fly-Fishing Film Festival 09.30.22

Welcome to an all-new edition of the Orvis News Friday Fly-Fishing Film Festival, in which we scour the Web for the best fly-fishing videos available. This week, we serve up a sweet dozen productions that will take you around the world and offer . . .

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Take an ALL-NEW Orvis Fly-Fishing Trivia Challenge 09.29.22

Our sorta-twice-monthly(?) trivia challenge is back, with Assistant Editor Evan Jones serving as Quiz Master from now on. Every so often, Evan will test your knowledge of all things fly fishing. Remember that this is trivia, not a litmus test for what every . . .

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